AfriForum not deterred by Grace Mugabe and will seek justice for Engels

Opposition parties are calling for a parliamentary probe into government's decision to grant Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity following allegations of assault. They want an inquiry about how three state departments handled the issue.

Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and left the country with her husband, President Robert Mugabe on Sunday morning.

Willie Spies, Lawyer at AfriForum says his organisation gets involved in cases where ordinary citizens are prejudiced as a result of abuse of power. AfriForum made an obligation to take on the matter as a private prosecution if Mugabe was not charged within three months.

The indication was that the police was investigating the matter.

Willie Spies, Lawyer at AfriForum

A new hurdle that has been thrown our way is the immunity that was granted on Sunday.

Willie Spies, Lawyer at AfriForum

Spies explains that they are aware of the difficulties of extraditing a first lady. He adds that the important thing is to seek accountability from the first lady of Zimbabwe.

He goes on to say that political impunity is the first thing that they should fight and trying to set aside the decision made by International Relations Minister which will open the way for criminal proceedings.

We should also remember that Mrs Mugabe is a frequent visitor to SA. It is possible to pursue the matter on a criminal basis in the sense that a warrant of arrest can be issued once she is charged.

Willie Spies, Lawyer at AfriForum

The matter can also pursued on a civil basis to claim damages caused to the victim explains Spies.

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